5 Benefits of Soy Milk

5 Benefits of Soy Milk


Read on about the benefits of soy formula, which makes it such a healthy option for kids.

Benefits of soy are multiple: soy is nature’s nutritional treasure, especially for individuals who cannot tolerate cow’s milk. It contains important nutrients similar to cow’s milk including protein, calcium, B vitamins, iron and zinc.

1. A Nutritious Alternative

Unlike cow’s milk, soy milk is very low in saturated fat and is cholesterol-free. Soy is an excellent and natural source of important nutrients which are essential for a growth and overall health.

2. A Source of Dietary Protein

A key benefit of soy is that it provides a complete source of high quality dietary proteins. Unlike most plant proteins, soy contains all the essential amino acids we need in our diet1. This is why it is commonly consumed by vegetarians or those who cannot tolerate animal protein.

3. It’s Lactose-free

Unlike cow’s milk, soy formula is free of lactose. Lactose intolerance can cause symptoms such as gas, abdominal pains, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, breathing difficulties and irritability2. This is because bacteria in your large intestine produce gas from the undigested lactose.

You may also develop a temporary case of lactose intolerance due to injuries to the gut linings, caused by conditions such as acute gastroenteritis and persistent diarrhoea.1

4. Free From Cow’s Milk Proteins

Soy formula is free of proteins found in cow’s milk, which can cause an allergic reaction in some young children.

Cow’s milk allergy (CMA) is often confused with lactose intolerance but differs in that the proteins (not the lactose) in cow’s milk are the cause. It is also the most common food allergy in young children and may persist up to school-going age3. Symptoms include spit-ups, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, blood in the stool, skin rash, swelling of the lips or eyelids, breathing difficulties, colic and gas.1

5. Added Nutrients to Boost the Benefits of Soy Formula

Soy formula is a type of formulated milk that consists of soy protein isolates, supplemented with the amino acid L-methionine. It is not a form of soy drink which is found in supermarkets. It is similar to a cow’s milk formula in terms of nutrient profile.

Like cow’s milk, soy formula has also been shown to support normal cognitive development4. It is also enriched with essential nutrients to support a child’s growth and development. Today, improvements in soy formula have enriched the nutritious drink with added DHA, AA, lutein, prebiotics and calcium.

1Julia R. Barrett. The Science of Soy: What Do We Really Know? Environ Health Perspect. 2006 June; 114(6): A352–A358. Retrieved on Dec 30, 2015 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480510/.
2WebMD. Lactose Intolerance. Retrieved on Sept 1, 2015 from: http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/lactose-intolerance-topic-overview.
3Academy of Medicine Singapore. Ministry of Health Clinical Practice Guidelines – Management of Food Allergy. 2/2010, June 2010. Retrieved on Dec 30, 2015 from: https://www.moh.gov.sg/.
4Skripak J, et al. The natural history of IgE-mediated cow’s milk allergy. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2007; 120(5): 1172-77. Retrieved on Dec 30, 2015 from: http://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(07)01589-8/abstract.

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